Anne W. Kusterbeck

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A broad spectrum detection platform that provides sequence level resolution of target regions would have a significant impact in public health, case management, and means of expanding our understanding of the etiology of diseases. A previously developed respiratory pathogen microarray (RPM v.1) demonstrated the capability of this platform for this purpose.(More)
A compact membrane-based displacement immunoassay has been designed for rapid detection of explosive compounds 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) at high femtomole levels. The system consists of activated porous membranes, onto which either TNT or RDX antibodies are immobilized, that are inserted into microreactor(More)
Metagenomic and metaproteomic analyses were utilized to determine the composition and function of complex air-water interface biofilms sampled from the hulls of two US Navy destroyers. Prokaryotic community analyses using PhyloChip-based 16S rDNA profiling revealed two significantly different and taxonomically rich biofilm communities (6,942 taxa) in which(More)
The large-scale identification and quantitation of proteins via nanoliquid chromatography (LC)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) offers a unique opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into the microbial composition and biomolecular activity of true environmental samples. However, in order to realize this potential for marine biofilms, new methods of(More)
A highly sensitive, dual-analyte detection system using capillary-based immunosensors has been designed for explosive detection. This model system consists of two capillaries, one coated with antibodies specific for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and the other specific for hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) combined into a single device. The fused(More)
Culture-independent techniques such as LC-MS/MS-based metaproteomic analyses are being increasingly utilized for the study of microbial composition and function in complex environmental samples. Although several studies have documented the many challenges and sources of bias that must be considered in these types of analyses, none have systematically(More)
Reported in this paper is the development and characterization of a highly sensitive microcapillary immunosensor for the detection of the explosive, hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX). The immunosensor exploits antibodies as recognition elements for target antigens, fluorescence dye conjugates for reporter molecules and fused silica(More)
Liposome stability during and after covalent coupling of Fab' antibody fragments was investigated. Large unilamellar vesicles containing entrapped 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (CF) as a marker for liposomal integrity were prepared by extrusion through polycarbonate membranes. N-[4-(p-Maleimidophenyl)-butyryl]phosphatidylethanolamine (MPB-PE) was employed as a(More)
We demonstrate a self-assembled reagentless biosensor based on a modular design strategy that functions in the detection of TNT and related explosive compounds. The sensor consists of a dye-labeled anti-TNT antibody fragment that interacts with a cofunctional surface-tethered DNA arm. The arm consists of a flexible biotinylated DNA oligonucleotide base(More)
Fluorescence immunoassays employing monoclonal antibodies directed against the explosive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) were conducted in a multi-channel microimmunosensor. The multi-channel microimmunosensor was prepared in poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) via hot embossing from a brass molding tool. The multi-channeled microfluidic device was sol-gel coated(More)